More advocacy for not checking your luggage:
The lost-bag rate, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, has nearly doubled since 9/11; there are now 7.93 reports of mishandled baggage per 1,000 passengers. But that banal formulation obscures the breadth of the problem. The government’s raw data reveal that more than 466,000 travelers reported lost, stolen, or misdirected baggage in July, the latest month for which numbers are available. In plain English, that means the equivalent of one passenger on every Boeing 737 flight is being temporarily or permanently separated from the luggage he or she entrusts to an airline.